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22 June 1979. Thought for the Week: "But the fight, physical and spiritual, for our planet, a fight of cosmic proportions, is not a vague matter of the future: it has already started. The forces of Evil have begun their decisive offensive, you can feel their pressure, and yet your screens and publications are full of prescribed smiles and raised glasses. What is the joy about?"
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in "A World Split Apart".
MALCOLM FRASER'S ZAMBIAN MADNESS
While Prime Minister Fraser's electoral stocks continue to sink in Australia, he is preparing feverishly to attempt to use the coming Commonwealth Conference, as an international statesman. As Australia has no diplomatic mission is Lusaka, the Fraser Government is making use of its nearest post in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. It is in process of setting up a temporary mission in Lusaka and will have a staff of about 25 when the conference opens.
Judging from reports, Mr. Fraser will be accompanied by a large entourage. Foreign Minister Peacock will be there, along with the Minister for Special Trade Representation, Mr. Garland. Zimbabwe-Rhodesia will undoubtedly be the major issue at the conference, with "democratic" countries like Nigeria and Tanzania leading the demand that the new Government on Zimbabwe-Rhodesia be forced to abdicate. No doubt the new Government from Ghana, which recently came to office as a result of a coup, will also be present at the conference demanding greater "majority rule" for Zimbabwe- Rhodesia.
The official "line" being circulated by Mr. Fraser's
propagandists is that he will seek to be a "moderating influence" at
the Lusaka conference. Mr. Fraser is going to argue for a "broader-based
black majority" in the new Zimbabwe-Rhodesia Government and a reduction
in white influence. This will be music in the ears of those African
nations, which keep on insisting that the "Patriotic Front" must be
represented in the Salisbury Government.
Prime Minister Fraser is demonstrating that he is dangerously ignorant concerning the realities of the whole South African situation. The realities are heightened by the hard line statement of Bishop Muzowera who warns that neighbouring black States will not be immune to further military attacks from Zimbabwe-Rhodesia if they persist in supporting terrorist attacks against his country. This statement from the Zimbabwe-Rhodesian Prime Minister comes at a time when reports reveal the disturbing fact that there is a large scale Soviet build up in Zambia. The curfew in Lusaka from 6p.m. to 6 a.m. has made it possible for up to 50 Soviet planes a day, carrying troops - mostly East German "instructors" - and offensive military equipment to be brought into Zambia with little attention. All indicators suggest that a major offensive is planned using mainly Nkomo's estimated 10,000 men under arms in Zambia.
Coinciding with the growing tension in Southern
Africa is President Carter's continued defiance of the U.S. Senate,
which has now twice voted to remove trade sanctions against Zimbabwe-Rhodesia.
Well informed observers in the U.S. charge that President Carter has
agreed to sacrifice both Zimbabwe-Rhodesia and South Africa in order
to make certain that the Soviet sign the SALT (Strategic Arms Limitation
Treaty) Two Agreement. Although the Soviet will improve its military
situation as a result of the Treaty, Carter desperately needs the agreement
in his attempt to hold on to office.
Mr. Fraser no doubt hopes that if he can emerge
as the "Senior Commonwealth Statesman" at the Lusaka conference, this
will also help him to overcome a loss of electoral support, which the
polls indicate would at present enable Labor to win with a bigger majority
than that of Whitlam in 1972.
The attempts to appease the Soviet in Southern
Africa are a form of madness. Mr. Fraser is so invincibly stupid that
there is no prospect whatever, short of massive backbench revolt in
the Federal Coalition parties, of shifting him off the course he has
set for the Lusaka Conference. However, if enough Australians, as well
as New Zealanders and Canadians along with the British, make it clear
to Mrs. Thatcher that if she gives a constructive lead on Zimbabwe-Rhodesia,
she will be the toast of civilized and decent people right around the
world, the British Prime Minister could help avert another major disaster
for the West in Africa.
Vice Premier Li Xiannian, Communist China's top
economic planner has recently admitted that there has been disastrous
mismanagement, with 20 million unemployed and 100 million with not enough
to eat. Li's analysis was presented at a top-level meeting of the Communist
Party leadership on April 25. No wonder the Chinese Communists requires
massive economic blood transfusions from Japan and Western countries!
And the international financial groups are eager to provide the credits,
which cost them nothing to create.
Singapore's Prime Minister Lee is not a man to
mince his words. In a refreshingly blunt statement in Bonn, Germany,
Mr. Lee said what many have suspected: that the Communist Government
of Vietnam and Kampuchea (Cambodia) are deliberately flooding their
neighbours with refugees "to put unbearable pressure on the social and
economic structures of other nations."
The only comment necessary about the Thatcher Government's "dramatic" budget is that it is mathematically certain to produce even greater disasters for the unfortunate British people. Shifting the emphasis of taxation from direct to indirect taxation does nothing to start eliminating the basic cause of total heavy taxation debt. Inflation must certainly soar. It can be argued that if the individual dislikes indirect taxation intensely enough, he can at least refrain from buying. But even if possible, this can only increase economic slow down and force unemployment up. Mr. Joe Clark's Progressive Conservative Government in Canada may provide Canadians with a slight "breather" from the dreadful Trudeau. But Mr. Clark is doomed to the same disasters threatening Mrs. Thatcher unless he challenges centralised credit power.
Federal Treasurer John Howard reminds us of the incident in Disraeili's novel "Coningsby", in which, when Coningsby said with astonishment to the international financier that the new Chanceller of Exchequer knew nothing about finance, the financier replied, "Exactly, my dear Coningsby. That is why we made him Chancellor!" An earnest and well-meaning man with no understanding whatever of finance economic realities, Mr. Howard is the perfect "front" man for the power hungry Treasury "experts". Mr. Howard's insistence that he is going to relentlessly close up all taxation "loopholes" means that he must employ an increasing number of petty officials to pry upon individuals attempting to protect themselves against the rapacious demands of Caesar. This is the road to the complete Totalitarian State. Crushing taxation is economically and morally disastrous.
What IS "Economic recovery?" Kenneth Davidson, Economics Editor, writing in "The Age", Melbourne, of June 12th, says: "Latest figures indicate that economic recovery is under way - but Australians are paying for it through increased inflation." Increased inflation means less purchasing power. Under present financial policies, this results in greater social conflict and greater industrial upheavals. A strange type of economic recovery."
From the Christian Institute for Individual Freedom
A letter has been received from Father Arthur
Lewis, of the Rhodesia Christian Group, to thank the Christian Institute
for the production of the leaflet - "'Christians, Terrible Acts are
Being Committed in Your Name". Father Lewis adds:
Father Lewis sends some issues of the monthly
"Occasional Letter of the Rhodesia Christian Group". We feel we must
quote from the January and May issues: (Jan. issue)..."'The inferno
caused by the Patriotic Front rocket attack on Salisbury's central fuel
depot was the most terrifying spectacle in Rhodesia's history. Incredible
courage was shown by those who fought the blaze, white and black alike.
"We prayed", said a senior fire fighting officer, "and our prayers were
answered". Courage knew no racial boundaries: but the long inherited
expertise and organisation of the white men were crucial in averting
a greater disaster. Even these would not have contained the conflagration
without South African help, for which we are deeply grateful.
(May issue)..."What is to be said of our first 'one person, one vote,' election, which hit the world's headlines?" "First, that there is nothing in Christian teaching to suggest that universal suffrage is the only or the best way to achieve good government, in Africa or anywhere else. Rhodesia has not been radically wrong in the past to have a qualified franchise. But, by every conceivable type of threat, chicanery and duress, the leaders of the international community have compelled us to submit to the superstition of our age. It makes the transition to Communism easier. The comparable superstition of the divine right of kings was as universally imposed in the not very distant past. If you did not want your head chopped off you had to accept it. The position is similar today."
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